North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers' Guide

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently released "Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers' Guide." The report explains why helping formerly incarcerated individuals obtain stable housing quickly is vital in order to reduce recidivism, conserve public tax dollars, and successfully reintegrate people back into their families and into society. Authors Katherine Cortes and Shawn Rogers offer a quick rundown of the available housing options for this population and explore ways in which these may be increased by expanding access to the housing market, increasing housing stock, and revitalizing neighborhoods. The benefits and challenges of each approach are discussed alongside a case study of an area implementing the approach being covered. Cortes and Rogers conclude by encouraging communities to tailor their strategies for reentry housing based on their specific needs.
Read the report here or download it from the CSG website at
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